Lalit Modi claims Chirayu Amin bid for IPL team

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Lalit Modi, suspended IPL Commissioner, is standing by Sharad Pawar in the latest controversy that has erupted out of the four-billion-dollar league.

Updated: June 04, 2010 12:23 IST
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New Delhi:

Suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi dropped a bombshell on Friday, claiming Chirayu Amin, the interim chairman of the T20 league, was a part of the IPL bid that involved a company in which Sharad Pawar's family owns 16%.

Sources told NDTV that Amin did not reveal his involvement in the bidding to the IPL governing council.

According to the latest controversy, City Corporation, a company owned partly by Pawar, City Corporation in Pune, bid for an IPL team in March this year.

"There were three members in the consortium that was part of the bid. They were Aniruddha, Akruti and Chirayu Amin," said Modi, whose suspension saw Amin being appointed as the interim IPL chairman.

"It's a fact of life and I cannot change or distort facts. They were the bidders, one can't change that," Modi said.

Amin was not available for comments.

Amin, a Vadodara-based industrialist who heads the Baroda Cricket Association, was named the interim chairman in April after Modi was suspended on charges of financial irregularities, including bid-rigging.

Modi, however, has backed Sharad Pawar's explanation that while Pawar's family owns 16% of City Corporation, the bid was made "in the individual capacity" of the Managing Director of the company, Aniruddha Deshpande.

Modi said, "Talk of Pawar's involvement is a joke. Deshpande bid in his own name. This was qualified. He put together a consortium. And also mentioned that a new company will be formed. City Corp was not the actual bidder. Except to show the net worth of one promoter."

"Mr Pawar and family has nothing to do with the bidding documents and with the bid that was made by Mr Deshpande. He lost it anyway," Modi told NDTV.

Sahara eventually won the bid for the Pune franchise, coughing up a staggering Rs 1702 crore.

"I think what is happening is media getting chaotic or somebody is leaking out the information. There was no truth (in what has come out). Somebody is leaking the information in public domain, which is very unfortunate. There is no truth to it," said Modi.

(With PTI inputs)

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